General Information

This Acute Pain Management course is designed for a primary target audience of anesthesiologists. Primary care physicians, hospitalists, and other allied health professionals who are responsible for the Pain Management of patients in Acute Pain that are either in hospital or pre-hospital may also find the course of interest. The Harvard Acute Pain Management Symposium will focus on a comprehensive review from Pharmacologic Management, Adjuvant therapies to Advanced pain management techniques and strategies. The course will include workshops on complimentary medicine (acupuncture, bio-feedback, relaxation techniques) as well as ultrasound guided blocks in the upper and lower extremities.

Abstract Guidelines

  • Abstracts will be approved for presentation on the basis of quality and originality
  • Abstracts will be rejected if they do not adhere to the ethical principles for clinical (human) and animal research endorsed by APS
  • Abstracts must be in standard English with accurate spelling and of a quality suitable for publication
  • We recommend that a scientific publications office or copy editor review the abstract prior to submission
  • Proprietary drug names may not be used when referring to pharmacological substances. Only generic names of drugs are acceptable
  • Tables or illustrations may not be included in abstracts, but may appear on the poster if accepted for presentation
  • The text of the abstract must contain 1,000-1,500 characters including spaces and punctuation. Abstracts must be organized into the following sections:
    • Aim of Investigation
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions

Acknowledgments/Disclosures If applicable, abstracts should include and acknowledgement section, listing grant support (including grant number) and disclosure of any financial relationship the author(s) may have with the manufacturer/supplier of any commercial products or services related to the work reported in the abstract. Items to include are:

  • research support
  • consultant to a company
  • speaker bureau participant
  • company employee
  • any other form of financial interest or support

Not all abstracts/posters will have acknowledgements or disclosures.

Presenting Author

If an abstract is selected for presentation, the presenting author must register to attend the Acute Pain Medicine Symposium. Presenting authors are responsible for all expenses related to attending the Congress, including but not limited to airfare, registration, accommodations, ground transportation and meals. Poster authors may be eligible to apply for financial aid.

An individual may present more than one poster at the Symposium, so long as he or she is a listed author on each poster being presented.

Instructions for Submitting an Abstract

Abstracts should be no larger than 48" x 72".

To submit abstracts, email Lisa Shriver at

Please include:

  • Title of abstract
  • Name and email address
  • Contact and affiliation information for presenting author
  • Contact and affiliation information for all other listed authors
  • Text of abstract broken down by sections: Aim of Investigation, Methods, Results, Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements/disclosures
  • Selection of topics (from list shown below)
  • Keywords (at least three, no more than five)

Selection of Topics

Abstracts will be grouped into specific poster sessions based upon the scientific/clinical topics shown below. Authors must select one of the topics/subtopics listed below when submitting their abstract:

Diagnosis, Assessment and Reviews
Disease Entities (Human)
Ethics, Law, Economics and Education
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Systems (Physiology, Anatomy, Animal Models)
Treatment Approaches (Medical/Interventional)
Treatment Approaches (Multidisciplinary)
Treatment Approaches (Other)
Treatment Approaches (Psychosocial and Cognitive)


  • April 1, 2013 – July 15, 2013: APS accepts poster abstracts.
  • June 2013: The Scientific Program Committee reviews poster abstracts; accepts or rejects submissions.
  • July 2013: APS notifies authors if the poster has been accepted or rejected and provides poster assignments.

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